Words by: Lukas Raschilla
Alexandre Quintin, International Brand Ambassador for House of Rémy Martin continues to visit bartender and bar managers across the globe to share his knowledge and passion about the brand through sensorial "Opulence Revealed" Masterclasses.
Quintin is well known in the industry, having managed and bartended at 5-Star London Hotels, Quintin found a love and passion when he was invited to visit the House of Rémy Martin in Cognac, France by the local ambassador. ""I was fascinated and amazed by the care behind the creation of these Cognacs Fine Champagne, the complexity of the actual liquid, and the philosophy of the people. Right there, I fell in love with the brand and their distinctive Centaur emblem, established in 1724."
A few years later he became the UK Brand Ambassador, a job he passionately and successfully held for seven years before he would become the Global Brand Ambassador for Rémy Martin, where he has been for four years. "Now I get the chance to share knowledge and passion about Rémy Martin with other bartenders all around the world".
"Rémy Martin is about revealing the fruits of the best terroir and the talents of men -the wine growers, the distillers and the cellar master - to make the greatest cognac for us to celebrate everyday life." he said.
As part of a series of ongoing masterclasses, the 'Opulence Revealed' experience as it is called, allows Alexandre to showcase and experience each of the three cognacs, with food pairings to bring out the flavours and aromas of each expression. For example, Remy Martin V.S.O.P. pairs beautifully with sashimi, gouda cheese and oysters whilst Rémy Martin XO pairs deliciously with matured parmesan cheese, candied orange and dark chocolate. The pairings are designed to bring another facet to the traditional masterclass experience with these harmonious Cognacs.
hero Cognac, Rémy Martin XO with its unique aromatic intensity, velvety texture, richness of the liquid as well as the long-lasting flavours.
Of course, the hero Cognac, Rémy Martin XO has a unique aromatic intensity, velvety texture and richness, as well as the long-lasting flavours. When AQuintin was asked why bartenders should feature Rémy Martin XO in their bars, he said "Rémy Martin Cognac XO is a premium quality Cognac, and in an environment where there's a trend to drink less but higher quality - this Cognac is perfect. On top of that, it's such an elegant cognac which tastes amazing neat and superb in vintage cocktails like Old Fashioned - a full-bodied, luscious but surprisingly smooth classic, boosted by its incredible complexity".
What Quintin wants to impart on bartenders is to understand that Rémy Martin Cognac is a 'Cognac Fine Champagne' made only with exceptional grapes from an exceptional land.